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The Templo de Debod is actually an Egyptian temple which is located in Madrid . An amazing Madrid attraction, the temple marks one of the few pieces of Egyptian architecture that can be seen outside of Egypt . The temple once stood in the Valley of the Nile and was presented to Spain by the Egyptian government when it was threatened by the construction of the Great Dam of Aswan.
The Templo de Debod was originally built early in the 2nd century BC and was dedicated to the goddess Isis. The actual construction of the temple was started by Adikhalamani and was finished by Roman emperors Augustus, Tiberius, and Hadrian.
The Egyptian government actually dismantled the temple stone by stone in 1969 and then reconstructed it in Madrid , opening it to the public in 1971. The temple is currently located in one of Madrid 's most magnificent parks on the former site of Spanish army barracks.
The Templo de Debod is open Tuesday through Sunday year round at a price of around two Euros for adults and one Euro for children under sixteen. Admission to the temple is free on Wednesdays and Sunday.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|